I grew up on the water during the summer. My family has always had boats and campsites at our local lakes, so I learned about water safety from a very young age. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are from riding in my dad’s speed boat or watching the sunset from our own little beach in front of the RV. Since water was a regular presence in our family activities I have always known about water safety, and I think it is important to share that now that school is over and summer is in full swing. I made a few printables that cover different aspects of water safety, and you can save/print these out as you wish. If you have a boat, it would be a great idea to laminate them and keep handy for whenever you hit the water. So, here you go!
If you are looking for more resources on boating (not just boating safety), then head over to Discover Boating. It’s a national nonprofit program aimed at helping people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. They are a great resource for all things boating, including things like an interactive boat selector, a way to find boating events near you, renting options, educational programs, and MUCH more!
These are general boating safety tips, but when it comes to boating sports there are a whole new set of rules to think about. Activities like waterskiing, tubing, kneeboarding, and similar are all super fun, but safety is extremely important. My sister and I used to love tubing behind my family’s boats, but we weren’t allow us to do it until we reached a certain age, and even then we couldn’t experience it fully until we were well acquainted with the ins and outs of it.
The bottom line is safety is keep, and it’s the best way to have a fun trip out on the water!